School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-6-Much of Fein's book about the sinking of the Japanese fishing boat Ehime Maru in Hawaiian waters in 2001 by the USS Greeneville looks at the mistakes made by the sub's crew and the role of 16 visitors whose lunch delayed its schedule, possibly contributing to a "rushed" safety routine. The author describes the strained relations between this country and Japan prior to the debacle and the efforts of the United States to take responsibility for the disaster. The author includes a brief history of submarines and discusses operational maneuvers. Houghton packs a lot into her volume, which summarizes the events leading up to the loss of the fishing boat Andrea Gail in 1991 and discusses the possible ways it sank. She describes the structural modifications that were made to the boat and never registered with the appropriate regulatory agencies. She covers the history of Gloucester, its home port, and repeats several times that more than 10,000 of its residents have died at sea since the town was founded in 1623. Descriptions of how the storm formed and what the Andrea Gail battled in its final hours are powerful. Both books have captioned, color photographs and sidebars. Curiously, time lines at the tops of pages do not always correspond to the incidents mentioned below.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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